A midcentury-modern retreat in Dallas, a three-bedroom home near the Battery in Charleston and a Shingle-style house in Seattle.
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This house, designed by David Braden, a former president of the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects, has walls of glass that offer views of the wooded property and the city skyline in the distance. It is across the street from Kessler Parkway Park, where walking trails wind along Coombs Creek, and is within easy driving distance of downtown: The historic district is 10 minutes away, as are the Bishop Arts District and Deep Ellum neighborhoods, popular dining and nightlife destinations.
Indoors: A steep driveway leads up to the house, and outdoor stairs ascend to the main entrance.
The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors. To the right, stairs lead down to the dining room, which has a midcentury-style chandelier and is defined by panels of tinted glass along one side and the back of a brick chimney on another. Beyond the chimney is a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows; on the other side of the dining room is a kitchen with Miele appliances and a long center island with a cooktop, a sink and room for dining. Glass doors slide open to connect the kitchen to a deck.
Stairs on the left side of the foyer lead down to a family room with a fireplace and access to the deck. A powder room is also in this part of the house.
The primary suite, off the foyer, includes a lofted area that the sellers use as a home office. The bedroom has access to the swimming pool outside, and the bathroom has a deep soaking tub opposite a glass-walled shower.
Three more bedrooms are in a separate wing, up a flight of steps from the foyer, with a door that can be closed for privacy. They share a bathroom with a double vanity and a combined tub and shower.
The basement level, accessible via stairs between the kitchen and dining room, includes a screening room with movie theater-style seats and ample storage space.
Outdoor space: The deck off the kitchen and family room has enough space for a table and chairs, with views of the surrounding woods. The pool area includes an in-ground fire pit and a small dining patio, as well as space for lounge chairs. The attached garage has parking for two cars.
Contact: Janelle Alcantara, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, 214-455-6542; sothebysrealty.com
The area south of Broad Street is one of Charleston’s most desirable neighborhoods, with access to shopping and dining on King Street and the waterfront. This house is on King Street, less than half a mile from the Battery, a promenade with the water on one side and well-preserved 19th-century homes on the other.
Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, a military site in use from 1776 through the late 1940s, is half an hour away, as are the beaches of Sullivan’s Island. Columbia, the state capital, and Savannah, Ga., are a two-hour drive.
Indoors: Brick steps lead from the sidewalk to the front door, set under a simple arch adorned with vines. It opens into a foyer with hardwood floors that continue into the living room, which has a sleek fireplace topped by a rough-hewed wood mantel. Through a wide doorway is a dining room with a large glass door that opens to a patio.
A patio-facing sunroom with a wet bar connects the dining room to the kitchen, which has been updated with stainless steel appliances and a center island. Off this space is a powder room with a farmhouse-style sink on a wood vanity.
All three bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite was expanded to include a walk-in closet with custom storage, converted from what was previously a guest room; the bathroom, reached through glass doors in the primary bedroom, has a walk-in shower and a double vanity. The two bedrooms at the opposite end of the hall are also en suite: One has a bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the other has a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: Like many Charleston homes, this one has a private patio alongside the house, with a wall that affords privacy from the neighbors. The patio is partly shaded by a blue awning, and planter boxes run along the top of the wall.
Contact: Paula Yorke, William Means Real Estate Christie’s International, 704-345-7474; charlestonrealestate.com
In the early 20th century, Madison Park was a summer destination for city dwellers in search of fresh air and cool breezes off nearby Lake Washington. Today, the neighborhood is about 15 minutes from downtown Seattle and about half a mile from a public beach on the lake. Much of the neighborhood’s commercial activity is along East Madison Street, which has an independent grocery store, a hardware store and a pharmacy that are all about a 10-minute walk from this property.
Broadmoor Golf Club, an 18-hole course that opened in the late 1920s, is also nearby, as is Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre nature preserve. The University of Washington is a 10-minute drive.
Indoors: The house is set back behind a lawn that is sheltered from the street by a low wall with a gate.
The front door opens into a foyer with a coat closet and an alcove that holds a second closet and access to a powder room.
To the right of the foyer is a sitting area with a fireplace surrounded by a wall of sand-colored stone. This space is open to a dining area and a staircase to the second floor. At the back of this level is a combined family room and kitchen with a center island, minimalist cabinetry and white stone counters.
Three of the four bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary bedroom has a fireplace and an en suite bathroom with a soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower tiled in marble. At the far end of the hall is another bedroom with its own bathroom; the third bedroom has the use of a bathroom across the hall.
The finished basement could function as additional living space or a separate guest apartment; it includes a living room, an eat-in kitchen, a bedroom, a full bathroom and three closets.
Outdoor space: The large front yard is landscaped with grass and several mature trees that provide shade, and the wide front porch currently holds an outdoor sofa. A private patio to the side of the house is covered by a wood pergola and has a built-in bench. The attached garage holds two cars.
Contact: Julie Bouscaren, Windermere Real Estate Midtown, 206-755-5026; juliebo.com
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